LMC tenders hutment relocation plan to WB team

TO GIVE Lucknow a new urbanised look, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) submitted a proposal to a team of World Bank officials on Wednesday to remove 80,000 hutments from various parts of the city and relocate the residents in a planned colony.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 00:13 IST

TO GIVE Lucknow a new urbanised look, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) submitted a proposal to a team of World Bank officials on Wednesday to remove 80,000 hutments from various parts of the city and relocate the residents in a planned colony.

LMC officials also submitted plans of setting up four STPs and a proper sewer system in the city.

The three-member World Bank team was in the city to evaluate the municipal infrastructure in context of the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM). The World Bank is financing JNURM projects in the country.

The team met municipal chief Ram Bodh Maurya to discuss priorities in the programme.

The team, comprising lead infrastructure specialist Abha Joshi Ghani, senior urban specialist Barjor E Mehta, and senior research analyst Ashish Mishra, talked with the municipal commissioner for over two hours.

The team took into account the Lucknow Municipal Corporations infrastructure, their resources, income, quality of work, training, capacity building and human resource management.

The team asked LMC officials to come up with priority areas, for which they required funds immediately. LMC chief Ram Bodh Maurya said, “We have addressed them about the requirement of relocating 80,000 hutments in the city. If the funds are released for relocation of the 80,000 ‘jhuggis’ we can start the process of urbanisation in the true sense. Our second priority was solid waste management. The plant we have to generate power from waste is closed down.”

The third priority was drainage and the fourth sewage treatment plant and water supply.

“The LMC has made its priorities clear to the World Bank team,” said Maurya and added, “They have asked us to accommodate some plans about the traffic and roads of the city too.”

Through the assessment report given by the team, the city is going to receive the grant under the JNURM.

On the status of detailed project reports for JNURM, he said, “Our reports are being prepared by experts and we have appointed our chief engineer as the main nodal officer for the job.”

First Published: Oct 12, 2006 00:13 IST